5 superstars that could have replaced Baron Corbin as United States Champion for Survivor Series 2017
Survivor Series is all about brand warfare. As we will witness the superstars of Monday Night Raw and Smackdown Live obliterate each other, to obtain the supreme bragging rights over one another. And what better way to fight for ultimate glory, than having the brand’s top title holders battle it out in a Champion vs Champion showdown.
While most of these exciting Champion vs Champion clashes will be the best of Raw vs the best of Smackdown. The match between the Intercontinental Champion and the United States Champion does not have the exhilarating feel of a must-see bout.
The Miz and Baron Corbin have tried their best to promote their feud on social media. And they might produce a satisfactory to memorable match at the marquee pay-per-view. Unfortunately, this rushed feud will not have fans buzzing the second it's over. And it is not the Raw's champion that is the drawback, but rather Smackdown's.
In 2017, The Miz has set out to achieve the same goal that he sets for himself almost every year. Make the Intercontinental Championship important. And utilizing every skill in his arsenal, he has elevated the title significantly. In Corbin’s favour, he cannot be blamed for his mediocre reign. As his short run cannot be compared to The Miz's memorable run. As they say “it’s not the championship that makes the man”, but rather the opposite.
Corbin has experienced a rough up-and-down year. From winning the coveted Money in the Bank contract to losing it in an embarrassing manner. Rebounding by defeating AJ Styles in an excellent match for the United States Championship. Only to constantly lose to Sin Cara in the past few weeks. It has not been smooth sailing for the “lone wolf” this year. Therefore, the belt, unfortunately, doesn’t feel important on his shoulders.
Smackdown Live is surprisingly brimming with underused talent. Superstars who have not found themselves on the Survivor Series 2017 match card. Therefore, WWE will have to highlight these gifted superstars. And put the United States championship on any one of these talented wrestlers heading into the marquee PPV.
Here are five superstars that could have replaced Baron Corbin as United States Champion for Survivor Series 2017.
#1 Tye Dillinger
There is no denying that Tye Dillinger is one of the most criminally underused superstars on Smackdown Live. Having made his debut in April of this year, Dillinger has been an afterthought for the WWE creative team. After constantly being shoehorned in throwaway pre-show matches with underutilised talent Aiden English. “The perfect 10” finally got his main roster breakthrough.
By feuding with AJ Styles and Baron Corbin. Dillinger looked to finally find in his footing in the “land of opportunity”. Although he is a beloved baby face with an extremely popular gimmick, he was once again left wasting away on the bench. And with rumours circulating that he might turn heel shortly a match with The Miz could have been the last time, WWE presented him as a babyface.
“The perfect 10” has a little ‘more gas in the tank’ to be the proverbial people’s champion. As The Miz is excellent at being the hated heel that riles up the crowd in any way he can. This could’ve been Dillengers breakthrough performance as a key player on the blue brand. Thus, WWE wouldn’t need to turn him heel to make him relevant again. This would've been a better match with a more investable in-ring story. And ultimately been better usage of NXT breakout star, Tye Dillinger.